Since the Dementia Friends team launched the resources for delivering the Information Session to children and young people in 2014, over 100,000 young people have become Dementia Friends!
Thank you to everyone who has used these resources to create Dementia Friends. By involving children and young people in the initiative, you are helping to create a generation of young people who are not afraid to speak about dementia and make people affected by dementia feel involved in their communities.
We want to make it even easier for you to use the resources and deliver the Information Session to children and young people, so we’ve made some changes to the resources.
Now you can access separate handbooks of Information Session resources for delivering to 6-8 year olds (Key Stage 1), 9-11 year olds (Key Stage 2), 11-13 year olds (Key Stage 3) and 14 to 16 year olds (Key Stage 4). You can access these handbooks and accompanying resources on your Champions dashboard under “Session resources” and “Children and young people”.
The activities in the Information Session for 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds include:
- “My brain” activity
- “Getting dressed” or “Making the connections”
- Bookcase analogy
The guidance for these activities varies slightly for each age group.
For 11-13 year olds the activities include:
- “Broken sentences” activity or “Missing words” activity
- Making a nice sandwich
- Bookcase analogy
If you are delivering the Information Session to 14-16 year olds, you can use standard Information Session resources from your handbook, with the top tips available on your dashboard.
These resources should be delivered to a group who are under the supervision of a group leader who has DBS clearance. We always suggest that you always speak to the teacher or group leader before the Information Session, to work out which resources are most suitable for the group.
Alongside these resources you will also find some frequently asked young people’s questions, further reading and resources for children and young people and 15 minute pitch for secondary school assemblies.
If you would like to find out more about delivering the Information Session to children and young people you can attend a webinar on the resources. Please visit your Champion dashboard or speak to your Dementia Friends Officer to sign up.
To speak to like-minded Champions who are interested in delivering to children and young people, why not visit the Champions Exchange?
Please get in touch with your Dementia Friends Officer if you have any questions about the resources or delivering to children and young people.